GETTING COLLISION REPAIR?
What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!
Did your insurance company tell you to use a recommended body shop?
Ask yourself why that is.
Answer: They’re The Cheapest!
How are they the cheapest?
By offering the insurance company cheap labor.
By skipping important steps.
By using junkyard parts.
By using knock-off parts that have never been crash tested.
Who benefits from these cheap estimates?
Hint: (it’s not you)
How do we know this?
We were once an insurance company preferred shop too!
Your safety is the price you pay for these low estimates.
The question is, do you trust your insurance company with your life?
Contact us, and we can make this worry go away.
Getting a second opinion is easy and free.
Your Insurance Company Might Tell You:
(Common scare tactics they like to use that are NOT TRUE)
We can't come to an agreement with that shop.
Truth: Your insurance company only wants you to use the shops they have a contract with who are willing to repair cars as cheap as possible. Cheap is the enemy of good when it comes to collision repair.
We won't pay for the repairs if you use that shop.
Truth: Your insurance company has to reimburse you for your repairs regardless of the shop you choose.
You will have to pay out of pocket to use that shop.
Truth: This is a scare tactic that insurance companies use to make people use their recommended shop. You have the right to choose who fixes your car, it's the law.
We won't cover your rental if you use that shop.
Truth: This is another scare tactic that insurance companies use to make people use their recommended shop. If you have rental car coverage in your policy, they must cover it.
Three SHOCKING TRUTHS
about the collision repair business:
There are no laws to protect you from unsafe repair.
Even restaurants have health inspectors to protect you from food poisoning but there are no such inspectors for the collision repair industry. Each auto manufacturer has specific instructions for body shops to repair their cars safely and properly. But there are no laws forcing a body shop to follow any set or approved OEM repair methods.
Body shops do not need a license or training to do collision repair.
Barbers and hairstylists need a license to cut hair, but shops don’t need one to cut up and weld a car back together and send it off to an unsuspecting customer. Here, all you need is a business license, and there are no inspections. The body shop technician decides how he is going to fix the car, and nothing is forcing him to research the correct method and stick to that plan.
Safe repair and unsafe repair look identical on the outside.
It is easy to hide unsafe repair and junkyard parts under a coat of shiny paint. It is easy to cut corners and hide them from you. The insurance preferred shops are banking on the hope that you will sell the car before the problems are discovered (and it will no longer be their problem).
Don’t Rush To Make This Decision:
Don’t assume that everybody shop cares about your safety.
Don’t assume that all body shops are capable of safe repairs.
Don’t rush to “get this over with” by settling on the shop the insurance company recommended.
Want us to review an estimate from their recommended body shop?